Cleveland Crusher
Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #39
Ranked #4,598
4.14 | pDev: 7.97%
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For awhile about 5 years or so ago, Hoppin' Frog was showing up all over the place. Heck it was even in Denver where I think this was picked up IIRC.

Pours plenty dark, mostly black and a smidge of brown. Whose that? Broooooown. 3/5" tan head.

Aroma of heavily roasted barley and oats. Unsweetened chocolate and coffee feels from the scorched earth maltiness.

Taste and mouth feel better than expected, despite the heavy handed amount of degree of burnt malt, it actually was enjoyable, relatively smooth and very adept at covering up the alcohol. I was just talking about this with leftpaw, like, why are belgian tripels always so damn hot, but then you take the same alcohol level and can make an easy drinking DIPA or imperial stout? There is a degree of welcome bitterness to it. You just can't have all this going on without some of that robust heft and bitterness. Has a degree of yeast and dark fruit bitterness that makes it seem equal parts English and Russian. I dug it, but probably wouldn't get it again in bomber or larger format. But a 4 pack of this? Yeah I'd pay $3 a 12oz bottle easily.

Jan 14, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Dull black with a dense mocha foam that fades to a thin ring.

Smell is supreme dark roast, chocolatey cocoa and nuts while taste brings a tangy, sweeter element than regular BORIS, such as hints of red fruit and cola.

The classic chocolate nuttiness is there, but less so, as it finishes with an unusually chalky dry swallow. Otherwise the body is medium and almost crisp with a thin carbonation.


Having a draft pour from a 2013 keg in July 2019, I'm only more impressed with this beer now than I ever was before. This shit is crazy. It still has that heavy roast, but is also now exhibiting notes of molasses, maple, Raisinets, and brown sugared pecan. It's really intense, with no off-notes at all. For this much age on it?! Unbelievable.

Dec 15, 2015
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown, opaque, near black body with a thin beige cap. Aromas of roast, char, dark chocolate, rich malt. Similar flavor. Medium thick body with low carbonation. Nicely done. I didn't realize this was basically a variant of BORIS.

Jun 21, 2015
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy/frothy medium brown head. Retention is about what you'd expect from a big beer like this and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.25 S: Awww yeah! This smells wonderful. Big roastiness to start. Layers of caramel and molasses. Oats and vanilla. Mild dark fruitiness. Bittersweet chocolate.

4.25 T: Tastes like it smells. Moderate sweetness, supple roastiness. Oats and vanilla are super strong in the taste. Molasses, caramel, and chocolate. Subtle warming throughout without much booziness.

4.25 M: Heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Nice creaminess and supremely smooth.

4.5 D: Really good beer. Definitely on par with their other stouts.

Feb 22, 2015
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into Can glass

A: Liking looking into the abyss just total darkness and like the abyss it may look back at you. Creamy milk chocolate head pours as big as you want depending on how aggressive you get. This beer coats the glass

S: Sweet roasted malts, smells licorice a little, with some chocolate

T: Nice chocolate taste it's sweet has some oats taste and a little roast coffee on the aftertaste. It's a huge beer the booze is well hidden mostly you taste the chocolate thick then thin but never super sweet almost like bakers chocolate

M: This has a lush and thick mouthfeel you know you are drinking a huge beer and it just clings so you can keep tasting it long after it's gone

O: This beer is fantastic the difference between this and regular BORIS us this is brewed with Belgian chocolate. It's a big beer that drinks incredibly smooth. Hoppin Frog is considered expensive big this one is worth it.

Dec 07, 2014
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Shroud0fdoom from Maryland

4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. Bomber from SomethingClever. Thank you beer brother!

I'm getting down to business with this brew here. This isn't for the newbie beer taster. There is a lot going on with this brew than just an Imperial Oatmeal Stout. Never mind the Bollocks, time to describe this beer! First off, this brew pours massive! Straight jet black body that is as pitch dark as a moonless witching hour! Very impressive deep mocha head crowning its horror...I mean glory. This brew has so much roasted malts that it coats the sides of my Chalice as I twirl it around. Yeah this is a perfect looking Imperial Stout!

The nostrils pick up so much roasted malt complexity, it's as if this wasn't even an American Brewer that crafted this. First whiff picks up your normal roasted malt goodness. Then it switches gears and goes full throttle with fruity red apple and pear notes that scream excellence! Then it bends my mind with a caramel sweetness that seems to excel in the background. In reality what I'm saying that this smells like a cup of coffee with a piece of toast and a caramel apple thrown in the mix. Breakfast in America!

The taste is just as excellent! First hits the palate with subtle oats, then punishes your tongue with all this roasted malt goodness. This brew hits hard and clean at the same time. After the swallow all the flavors get back to their stations and leaves you with a well orchestrated brew. Caramel, cocoa nibs, red apple skins with some unripped pear meat that seems to meld in harmony with some coffee roast. This brew finishes dry with slight booze on the back part of the palate, yet it adds diversity and not offensive as say KBS. The feel on this brew is very smooth slightly on the heavy side yet not overboard with chewiness. Carbonation plays its role to make sure the flavors pop on the tastebuds.

Overall: This brew is Fast and Loud like an Amon Amarth concert in your mouth! There isn't anything offensive about this brew at all. All the flavors are well orchestrated, smooth body that is approaching vicious. Even the alcohol plays a part to add depth like a good Belgian Strong Dark. There is only one thing that I say that I hate about this brew..... That Hoppin Frog doesn't Distribute their Malted Beers to central MD. WIth that said this brew is Recommended.

Nov 24, 2014
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PittBeerGirl from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up Cleveland Crusher at Vintage in Boardman OH last week

A- Body is a thick, deep, dark black coffee color. Pours with a 1 finger dark brown head but it quickly fades leaving behind a thin collar and little lacing in the glass. When held up to a fairly dim light-body is opaque.

S- Lots of dark chocolate and anise come through in the nose. Just a hint of alcohol astringency and roasted malt come through.

T- Very similar to the nose-but bigger. Dark chocolate and a hint of anise upfront. The finish adds a fair amount of roasted malt bitterness, a hint of pine hops, and a bit of alcohol astringency. Left to linger is a nice balance of roasted malt, dark chocolate, anise, a very minute hint of pine, and a nice moderate alcohol warmth.

M- Big heavy body, and low to medium carbonation. Very smooth and rich. This is what I love about oatmeal stouts.

O- Overall this is a nice, big, rich imperial stout by Hoppin Frog. It has a lot more chocolate and anise and a lot less roasted malt than B.O.R.I.S. Much more of an oatmeal IRS tone as well. Reminds me of the late, great Southern Tier OAT. Great beer.

Nov 19, 2014
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

Pulling off of their famed imperial oatmeal series and devising such taste for Cleveland's Beer Week. Its luxuriously dark taste and lavish texture suits the scene well.

The Cleveland Crusher layers into the glass with an ominous viscosity. Showing as much legging as lace, its inky texture applies an even and tawny stain against the glass. Heavily roasted malt unleashes the aroma of espresso, cocoa and burnt toffee. Underlying malt sweetness coats the palate with lavish chocolate, black-strap molasses and brownie batter.

As the stout opens up to a full-blown tar texture and oily viciousness, its the bittersweet chocolate, roasted walnut and espresso bean. Milkshake-like underneath, the roasted elements are upheld with the underpinnings of oats, cake, and seared toffee. With a pep of grilled fruit, cherry, berry and blackcurrant enter the mix as the stout concludes.

With drying roast, alcohol warmth and the acrid astringency of coffee grounds, its woodish hop bitterness seems more coffee-derived as its mild ash and campfire character arises. Still, its cocoa-laden sweetness calls attention even late.

Nov 08, 2014
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BuckeyeSlim from Ohio

3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a shiny oil-black into the glass. There's no head to speak of, just a thin milk chocolate sheen of very tiny bubbles that quickly disappears. Held to a full spectrum light, the beer is black and solid, with dark khaki lace on the sides of the glass when it's tipped. There's a wisp of an island in the center that's being fed from bottom of the glass.

S - Amaretto with dark black cherry and plum, and as it warms, hints of vanilla. Chocolate malted balls with under-currents of espresso. Hints of alcohol, but overall, the nose is quite soft.

T - Dark fruits backed by very dark but not too bitter chocolate. Rich, medium-roasted malts with cocoa powder. Really dark grained bread made with molasses. Not a trace of the ABV. Soft, subdued notes of dark milk chocolate dominate the front end of the finish, followed by a slide into oat grains on the fade out.

M - Smooth across the tongue, but still fizzy in the mouth. Moderate carbonation. Solid, tight body, but not at all heavy. Components are completely integrated, as if this beer was just made in a blender. Rich and elegant in the mouth. Finish lingers and is rather dry.

O - With the name Cleveland Crusher, I expected to find a tiger in the tank; instead, I found a purring pussy cat. Silky smooth and rich, this beer's taste profile is so thoroughly blended it risks seeming unfocused and vague. I like the effect oatmeal has on big, robust stouts, but it typically is used just to sand down the rough spots. In this beer, it becomes a velvet glove. To be sure, the ingredients are of exceptional quality, and on that basis alone it deserves a taste if you like imperial stouts smoothed by oatmeal.

Mar 20, 2014
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superspak from Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in late 2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark brown head with solid retention, that reduces to a spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, dark bread, toast, coffee, light char, oats, light molasses, light raisin, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, dark bread, cocoa, toast, roasted malt, biscuit, molasses, coffee, light char, oats, light raisin, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, dark bread, roasted malt, toast, biscuit, molasses, coffee, oats, light raisin, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity of big dark/roasted malt flavors; with nice roast/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial stout. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Feb 17, 2014
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wvsabbath from West Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Black as night, thick as oil. 1/2 inch foamy head, tons of lacing.

Smell - Smokey malts, grapes, chocolate, cocoa, coffee. Almost has a sugary fruity note like big league chew bubblegum.

Taste - First sip is rather sweet. Lots of chocolate, roasty malts and cocoa, along with a creamy finish. Coffee is present but not overly as strong as I expected. Some sweet fruits like grapes and plums add some flavor. Alcohol is very masked but does add a little warmth at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Tongue gets malts, chocolate and coffee immediately. Palate really gets the same with a added sweet fruit flavor. Aftertaste is malty, chocolate and a little sweet.

Overall - A nice smooth, malty stout. Very easy to drink and enjoy. Not as big and coffee strong as boris and doris but still, nice and enjoyable. As always worth a drink from a world class brewery.

Jan 09, 2014
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Brenden from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a big, thick stout as it's known Hoppin' Frog can brew. It looks about as big, robust and hearty as any they make, heavy and black with just a bit of brown at the thinnest points. The head is fairly sizeable, 1/2 to a full finger, tight and creamy with good retention and lace sticking to the glass in tight rings and some patching.
In its overall character, this beer is sweet up front but very roasty. There's lots of cocoa, closer to milk chocolate and powdered cocoa than the typically stronger, more bittersweet. There's a hint of brewed coffee, too, with some earthier yeasty notes and a little bit of something like banana. All in all, while unusual, it works very nicely. Vanilla lies in with the sweetness underneath and comes out more strongly into the finish accompanied by the heavier, roastier notes.
As an Oatmeal Stout ought to, this beer carries a nice smoothness through most of the way in its big, heavy body. There's just enough crispness for a stout, allowing it to focus on smoothness. Eventually, though, the roast builds up and on the final sips there's a little harshness to the dry follow through on the palate.

Nov 19, 2013
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours jet black with no light getting though; fluffy dark mocha head that slowly fades and leaves great lacing and retention. The aromas are very malty. Hints of chocolate along with some dark fruits. There's hints of black coffee as well. Smells good, but it doesn't quite pop. The flavors have a ton of chocolate notes. There's some hints of vanilla. This is pretty rich. It has a decent bitterness to it, but it also has a subtle sweetness to it. There's a subtle spice to it as well. The alcohol clearly goes unnoticed, but there is just the slightest amount of alcohol flavor. It's absolutely not hot or boozy. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and creamy. The carbonation is there, but it's on the lower side. At moments it feels flat, but it works. It's easy drinking. It's a nice beer to relax with. It becomes even more alive as it warms up.

This is a nice stout, I like it. I personally can't put it in the same ballpark as B.O.R.I.S. and D.O.R.I.S., but it's well crafted nonetheless. Hoppin' Frog makes wonderful stouts and this is no exception, but it just seems a little redundant and lacks the true depth that they're known for, in my opinion. It's still worth checking out though if given the opportunity. It's ultimately pretty enjoyable.

Nov 18, 2013
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch brown head that sticks around a while. There isn't much lacing at all. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, oats, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and a bit of dark fruit. It tastes like roasted malt, dark chocolate, oats, dark fruit, coffee, and a bit of Belgian yeast/banana. It's certainly different compared to the regular BORIS. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and a bit creamy with low carbonation. I like the regular and barrel-aged BORIS beers better, but this one is good too. $9.99 a bottle.

Nov 10, 2013
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raznug from Ohio

4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The Crusher pours a thick black color and is topped with only ¼” of brown colored head that doesn’t stay there for long.
Smell: There is no dominate aroma in this beer is just has a nice easy smell that is pleasant on the nose without being to subtle.
Taste: This beer is a tasty blend of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. DAMN tasty brew, that has no real alcohol burn to it.
Mouthfeel: This is a medium to heavy bodied beer yet it is smooth and a darn creamy finish that makes it easy to drink for a almost 10% stout.

Nov 02, 2013
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warrenout330 from Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Growler I got from tap.... probably my most expensive Growler fill ever.

A- a thick pitch black color.... big thick tan colored head... slowly grows out of my snifter. Thick lacing that stays forever. This beer looks thick

S- sweet chocolate, chocolate chip cookies, bready dark malts

T- sweet Belgium chocolate, bready malts, ever so sweet chocolate all over the beer

M- sweet, creamy mouth feel.... thick, oily body followed by a faint bitter chocolate hop bite....

O- I love this beer... I love this more then Boris the crusher! Cleveland crusher is supposedly to be boris's bigger brother, from what I heard and gathered? They took out the roasted barely and put in Belgium chocolate malt. All Ohio people find this, take it home and enjoy

Nov 01, 2012
Cleveland Crusher from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 106 ratings